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Musical instruments

Last updated: 27/03/2015

Musical instruments are permitted onboard as cabin baggage as long as the instrument, including its case, doesn’t exceed 30cm x 120cm x 38cm. Violins, violas, piccolos, flutes, clarinets, bugles, mandolin and trumpets all fall within these dimensions. Carriage as cabin baggage is subject to available space in the overhead lockers.

When it’s not practical to combine the instrument with another item into a single piece of cabin baggage, you can carry one small, essential, additional piece of baggage (e.g. ladies handbag or laptop).


Cellos are allowed in the cabin but you must buy an additional seat. Cellos fit into the seat and can be secured with the seat belt. You cannot buy a seat for smaller instruments (e.g. violin, guitar etc) as they could slip out of the seat belt restraint and fall onto the floor, which could be hazardous in an emergency. There is also no option to buy a seat for instruments larger than a cello (e.g. double bass, harp, etc) as they are too bulky and heavy.

If you made the booking for your cello online, please check in online. If you made the booking for your cello via Customer Services, please go to the Customer Service or Sales desk at the airport and they will complete check-in and print your boarding passes for you.

If you have already made your booking and wish to add a cello please call our Customer Service Team.


We recommend that you purchase insurance to cover any instruments that you are travelling with.

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